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Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's seek to empower women

By Ariana Garza, Weekend Anchor/Crime & Courts Reporter, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: Aug 17 2013 08:46:56 PM CDT
Habitat for Humanity women's build
ABILENE, Texas -

Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s Home Improvement teamed up Saturday in Abilene to teach women a variety of skills involved in building a home.

According to the Christian non-profit, 50 percent of Habitat volunteers are women; however, only 15 percent of the volunteers actively construct homes.

Saturday marked the first of three “Women Build” days, which will be followed by a weeklong build in May 2014.

“We're going to be having a number of training clinics as part of the women build--we'll be advertising them--but not only do we need volunteers, we're giving back to the volunteers by training them to do the kind of work that they normally wouldn't get a chance to do,” Steven Leggett said.

The Abilene Habitat for Humanity chapter was founded in 1990. Since then, volunteers have constructed more than 150 homes.